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Ipswich Body Shop to close, while Bury St Edmunds store to stay, as administrators announce closures making 489 staff redundant





Ipswich’s Body Shop store will close, it has been confirmed, while the Bury St Edmunds branch will stay open.

Across the country 75 shops, including the Ipswich branch in Tavern Street, will shut in a phased period over the next four to six weeks, Body Shop’s joint administrators have said.

As a result of the store closures, 489 staff will be made redundant as individual stores are closed. The joint administrators say they will support all impacted staff with claims to the Redundancy Payments Service.

The Body Shop in Tavern Street, Ipswich, will close. Picture: Google Maps
The Body Shop in Tavern Street, Ipswich, will close. Picture: Google Maps

Meanwhile, 116 stores, including the Bury St Edmunds one in the Buttermarket, will remain open.

The decision follows the February 20 announcement that the joint administrators aimed to retain more than half of the Body Shop’s store portfolio.

The action is said to provide the best opportunity for the long-term sustainable future for the iconic brand.

The Body Shop in Bury St Edmunds is staying open. Picture: Google Maps
The Body Shop in Bury St Edmunds is staying open. Picture: Google Maps

The joint administrators of the Body Shop International Limited are Tony Wright, Geoff Rowley and Alastair Massey.

Mr Wright said: “In taking swift action to right-size the Body Shop UK store portfolio, we have stabilised the business and are providing the best opportunity for this iconic brand to have a long-term, sustainable future.

“The UK business continues to trade in administration, and we remain fully focused on exploring all options to take the business forward.”

A reduced store footprint coincides with a renewed focus on the brand’s products, online sales channels and wholesale strategies, bringing the brand in line with industry peers and supporting a return to financial stability.